Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release
World Champs on the horizon for
De la Porte
Durban - Following a frantic middle part of the year where he
raced extensively in Europe, Durban-based triathlete Ben de la
Porte is back home and preparing for the upcoming ITU World
Triathlon Grand Final, the world championships, in Gold Coast
city in September.
The 18 year-old former Clifton College pupil set himself some
tough goals for 2018 and following a busy start to the year he
is happy when reflecting on what he has achieved so far.
"Up to now, my year has gone really well," the Varsity College
athlete said. "I have achieved most of the goals which I set out
at the beginning of the year.
"My season started off at KZN champs in January, followed by the
Cape Town World Cup which was my first international race of the
year. I then had SA Champs, where I managed to win the junior
men, followed by Africa Champs in Morocco where I tied for the
win - my goal was to win both of these races.
"My final few races have been in Europe where I raced six races
in five weeks, my goal was to come in the top 10 in every race
which I managed to do and came third in my final individual
With the busy period behind for the meantime, De la Porte has
been working hard at Prime with biokineticist Gavin Muir,
getting himself prepared for his world championship attempt.
"I have just had a break as I was exhausted when I returned from
Europe. I started training again recently so my focus is
entirely geared towards being fit and healthy for World Champs.
"I have been working closely with Prime over the last few years.
I have in particular been working hard with Gavin (Muir). He has
helped me a lot in improving my strength, as has Dr. Subban.
"Dr Subban helped me extensively throughout the first last half
of 2017 as well as the first half of this year," De la Porte
With a World Championship's coming up in the near future, De la
Porte hasn't cast his mind too far into the future, however he
does have long-term goals that he is focused on.
"I want to get myself onto the WTS Circuit and from there I want
to be able to go to the Olympic Games one day," he added
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Young South African
and Elite Athlete Development Programme triathlete Ben de la
Porte is in the process of preparing for the ITU World Triathlon
Grand Final, the world championships, in Gold Coast in September
after a busy six weeks racing in Europe.
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